After Shooting, Huckabee Slams Obama for “Liberal, Anti-Gun Agenda”

The former governor accuses the president of politicizing the issue, then politicizes it himself.

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In an impassioned speech following Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, President Barack Obama predicted, “Somebody somewhere will comment and say, ‘Obama politicized this issue.'” It didn’t take long for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to prove him right.

On Thursday afternoon, Huckabee took to Twitter to express his condolences to the families of the victims. Unlike most of his fellow presidential hopefuls, Huckabee did not stop there. On Friday morning, he proceeded to criticize Obama for what Huckabee characterized as his “liberal, anti-gun agenda.”

Chicago, Obama’s hometown, has become a buzzword, often sloppily used, to indicate “black on black crime.” For Huckabee, the former governor of a state whose capital has the highest murder rate of any city with fewer than 200,000 residents (and a higher rate than Chicago’s), to invoke Chicago after a tragedy is as much of a politicization as anything. (Never mind that UCC wasn’t a gun-free zone, because it is impossible for public colleges in Oregon to ban guns.)

“This is something we should politicize,” Obama said on Thursday. “It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic.” He just might not have chosen to politicize it the way Huckabee did.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the town where the shooting occurred and the time of day when Huckabee posted his first tweet.

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